Department of Defense. Department of the Air Force. (09/26/1947 - )
WELTRAUM SCHIFFI STARTET EINE TECHNISCHE FANTASIE (SPACE SHIP TAKEOFF, A TECHNICAL FANTASY). ARC Identifier 67908 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-28533. Summary: A German film depicting, through the use of special effects and animation, the launch of a space ship and its trip around the moon and return. Brief scenes are included of early German rocket power experiments. Selected footage in Reel 1: 410'-432' Early German launch of a small rocket from a trough-type launcher. 436' MS's & CU's of igniters being wired to rockets on the Opel RAK-2 rocket-propelled car. 447' MS to MLS of German rocket pioneer, Max Valier, sitting in his Valier RAK-6 liquid rocket-propelled car. 451' MS of Fritz Von Opel sitting in his Opel RAK-2 rocket-propelled car. 456' MCU of igniters being wired to rockets of Opel RAK-2 rocket-propelled car. 460' LS's of Fritz Von Opel driving his Opel RAK-2 car at Avus Track, Berlin, Germany, 23 May 1928. 472' LS of the Sander-Opel RAK-3 rocket-propelled car run on railroad tracks, 23 June 1928. 475' LS's & MS's of preparations and flight of the Opel-Sander RAK-1 rocket-powered glider, September 1928. 502' LS's firing of a small liquid-powered rocket. 521' MS fueling a rocket-propelled car with liquid oxygen. 531' LS camera pans right with the run of an early model German rocket-propelled car along runway of an airport. 536' CU of Max Valier sitting in the Valier RAK-6 car. 545'-549' MLS ignition of the rockets of the Sander-Opel RAK-3 car mounted on railroad tracks. Good (Basic: Dupe neg)
November 30, 2019 Subject:
Interesting Early Science Fiction, but, the date is wrong (It's from 1937 not 1928)
This is a fascinating look at "the way the future was" according to people in the late 1930s (the date at the top identifying this film as being from 1928 is incorrect — all of the airplanes with swastikas on them being the first clue. IMDB identifies it as having been produced in 1937: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0348366/).
It has that wonderful mix of dated technology, but with utterly earnest (and, for the time, scientifically accurate) depictions of how to travel from Earth into space. Moreover, the scale of the technology being shown is actually a bit closer to the reality of the Apollo missions than were the Flash Gordon/Buck Rogers notions of the American serials.
May 23, 2017 Subject:
Unique time capsule
Great opportunity to see rare german prewar technology as well as a glimpse of the social enthusiasm for the prevailing philosophy of the day. Many of the presumptions of space travel are humorous to us today.